Major Lipkin holds a B.M. in Music Education from the University of Rhode Island (2004), a Master of Science in Management from Excelsior College (2015), and a master’s in military studies from the Marine Corps University (2019). After working for several years as a music teacher in the Rhode Island public schools, Major Lipkin commissioned in March 2007.
Upon completion of The Basic School and Field Artillery Officer Basic Course, then-Lieutenant Lipkin was assigned to 5th Battalion, 11th Marines where he simultaneously held the billets of a HIMARS Platoon Fire Direction Officer and Platoon Commander. Lieutenant Lipkin deployed in these roles to Helmand Province, Afghanistan in support of OPERATION ENDURING FREEDOM 09-10 from July 2009 until February 2010. After returning to home station, Lieutenant Lipkin assumed command of Headquarters Battery 5/11. Lieutenant Lipkin finished his time with the Battalion as the Assistant Fire Support Coordinator.
In June 2011, Captain Lipkin checked into The Basic School for duty as the Headquarters and Services Company Executive Officer and the primary instructor for the Combat Lifesaving Package. In January 2013, Captain Lipkin served as the Staff Platoon Commander for 1st Platoon, Bravo Company. After graduating 45 lieutenants from The Basic School, Captain Lipkin assumed command of the Artillery Instructor Battery at The Basic School, where they provided both artillery and mortar support to the Basic Officer Course and the Infantry Officer Course. Following his tour with TBS, Captain Lipkin was a student at Expeditionary Warfare School.
Captain Lipkin checked into 3d Battalion, 11th Marines after graduating from EWS to serve as the Battalion Operations Officer. As the Operations Officer, Captain Lipkin designed and executed a new Marine Corps Combat Readiness Evaluation exercise for the batteries prior to deployment. After serving as the Operations Officer, Captain Lipkin assumed command of Battery I, 3/11 and deployed to 3d Battalion, 12th Marines in support of the Unit Deployment Program. Following redeployment, Captain Lipkin relinquished command and filled the billet of Assistant Fire Support Coordinator for 7th Marine Regiment. During this billet, Major Lipkin deployed again in support of a joint individual augment billet as the Fire Support Coordinator for Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force – Syria conducting operations as part of OPERATION INHERENT RESOLVE.
In June 2018, Major Lipkin executed orders to attend Marine Corps Command and Staff College. After a year in which Major Lipkin graduated as a distinguished graduate, the 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps selected him to serve as a personal staff speechwriter. As a speechwriter on the CMC’s personal staff, Major Lipkin prepared remarks for all engagements, conducted research on items of interest for the CMC, and prepared the CMC’s oral and written testimony before Congress.
Following his service to the 38th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Major Lipkin reported to 2d Battalion, 11th Marines to serve as the Operations Officer. During his time with 2/11, Major Lipkin oversaw the Extended User Evaluation of the NMESIS program. After a successful tour as a battalion operations officer, Lieutenant Colonel Lipkin was selected to serve as the 11th Marine Regiment’s Operations Officer. As the Regimental Operations Officer, Lieutenant Colonel Lipkin was the principal architect for all the Force Design 2030 changes occurring to the Regiment. In June 2023, Lieutenant Colonel Lipkin assumed the responsibilities as the Executive Officer of 11th Marines.